January 13, 2023, has seen Finnish thrash metal titans PRESTIGE re-release their iconic 1989-debut album, “Attack Against Gnomes,” via Massacre Records. This must-have reissue is now available as a CD Digipak and limited Vinyl LP edition at THIS LOCATION!
In support, the band will not only appear live as special guest of MANOWAR (find all upcoming PRESTIGE dates below) but has shared a brand new song, entitled “Candles”!
Says vocalist and bassist Aku Kytölä: “Fear not, ‘Candles’ is not your average romantic or cheesy song. But it’s still based on real life. There are so many suppressed feelings, lost hope, apocalyptic signs, and total devastation going on all around the globe nowadays rather than the prospect of a bright and shiny future. But instead of stating that fact again, I just had to write a bit of a poetic and definitely Gothic story about lost love, about feeling empty inside and how it feels, when you just can’t hold the keys in hand but only hope for the best.”
PRESTIGE were barely out of their teenage years, yet fully aware of the problems in society and the world around them when they started making music in 1987. Often the band took a humoristic approach to song lyrics, but if you dig deeper, there is always a message hidden in there. A song like “This World,” for example, is as relevant today as it was 35 years ago.
Their music was fast and aggressive, and PRESTIGE was the third thrash band to release a full-length album in Finland. The years 1988 and 1989 witnessed a real breakthrough of thrash metal in Finland, and PRESTIGE was right in the middle of it, ending up playing all over the country and hitting the charts.
The band’s iconic debut album, “Attack Against Gnomes,” was produced and recorded by renowned producer TT Oksala and was mixed at the legendary Finnvox Studios in Helsinki. The album recordings took seven days.
“Finally, after 34 years since it’s initial release our debut album will be released in physical form to the wider international audience. Back in 1988, Finland was a different metal country as you know it now. Exporting metal was random and hard if not impossible. We toured a lot back then, and lived fast,” the band recently commented. “On this album you will hear youngsters, hardly 18 years old, playing their music with passion and attitude. That has not changed a bit till today, the same passion is still there. We hope you’ll enjoy this little journey back in time!“
As a bonus, the CD Digipak edition of the “Attack Against Gnomes” reissue includes the 1988 demo “GODS” which actually led the band to a record deal in the first place. It was recorded with an eight-track recorder in just a few hours at Emma Studio, yet the band obviously knew what they were doing. On the demo, you can hear the band raw and unpolished, yet full of devotion to their music and lifestyle.
Purchase your album copy HERE!
1. It’s Over2. Force Of My Hate
3. Dead By Drugs
4. Attack Against Gnomes
5. Rotten Angel
8. Brain Outburst
10. Angels Cry
11. This World
12. Gods (Demo 1988) – CD Bonus Track
13. Force Of My Hate (Demo 1988) – CD Bonus Track
14. Brain Outburst (Demo 1988) – CD Bonus Track
15. Punishment (Demo 1988) – CD Bonus Track
16. Angels Cry (Demo 1988) – CD Bonus Track
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